6. Goji Berries
I love goji berries. Not only are they brilliant in trail mix—they’re nutrient powerhouses with serious healing abilities. A small amount in your smoothie will serve up a double shot of antioxidant and amino acids necessary to fight sickness, improve eyesight, and restore hormonal balance in menopausal women.
7. Coconut Oil
If you like a taste of the tropics with a little metabolism boost on the side, add coconut oil to your post-workout smoothie. Full of essential fatty acids, but low in unhealthy saturated fat, this flavorful oil mixes amazingly with frozen pineapple, mango, or banana while helping you achieve your weight loss goals.
8. Hemp Hearts
If you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or if you just don’t eat a lot of meat (like me), an alternative protein in your smoothie can really boost your energy levels and muscle repair. Hemp hearts can be purchased in powder form to deliver daily fiber and amino-acid essentials in blended form. A few tablespoons deliver a yummy nutty protein punch post-workout.
9. Chia Seeds
Green smoothies—consisting of the goodness of baby spinach, spouts, and arugula—are touted for their ability to promote cardiovascular health. However, adding a good source of omega-3 fatty acids to the mix will also improve your brain function while working to lower your cholesterol. Chia seeds are a heart-healthy protein, consisting of impressive stores of iron, calcium, fiber, amino acids, and antioxidants, plus a few tablespoons add a sweet taste to smoothies.